Sikh community added vibrancy and vitality to Singapore's multiracial society

By Gurdip Singh
    Singapore, Apr 15 (PTI) The Sikh community in Singapore has added great vibrancy and vitality to the fabric of the country's multiracial society, a Singaporean minister has said, lauding the community for contributing to nation-building efforts and distinguishing itself in many different fields from education to law.
    Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran, while launching a year-long celebration commemorating the Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak's 550th birth annivesary on Sunday, said the small Sikh community is able to thrive in multiracial Singapore is a testament to the country's commitment to having an inclusive society.
    The Sikh community has added great vibrancy and vitality to the fabric of Singapore society, the Indian-origin minister said.
    "The community has left a mark on Singapore, not just in terms of the economic aspects but also in our social development," Iswaran said.    As part of the celebration, the community initiated a Sewa Pledge, aiming to collectively clock 550,000 hours of volunteer service this year as a reverence to the 550 birth year of Guru Nanak.
    The pledge was started in November last year with the intention of rallying the 12,000-strong Sikh community in Singapore to give back to society.
    The year-long celebrations will also include a heritage day in June to raise awareness about Sikhism, and a harmony walk in August which will include representatives from other faiths, The Straits Times reported on Monday. PTI GS RUP RUP